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A picture is worth a thousand homework assignments

A special shout-out to Karen Hansen and her 9th grade literature class. It's truly an honor.

My oldest daughter goes to an alternative high school. I’ll wait a moment while you close your eyes and envision what kind of school that is. For most it’s that other school, filled with pregnant teens, stoner kids from group homes, or adolescents with scars from cutting, hidden beneath their shirtsleeves. And some of those stereotypes used to be true. But not always.

In Haley’s case, she’s a young woman cursed with the belief that she’s always the smartest kid in the room (and occasionally she actually is. Shhhhh…don’t tell her I said that). Either way, the jockocracy of your typical high school did nothing for her, so she switched schools to work ahead and will graduate six months early. (Go Hails!)

There’s just something special and unique about alternative high schools—and the students and teachers therein. And their supportive parents. So it was an absolute delight to hear from an alternative school in Seattle that’s been reading HOTEL.

I could go on and on, but this photo kinda says it all.

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Reader Comments (3)

I had no idea there was such a school where you live. Although our youngest finished high school in a public school, my daughter was home schooled, got her GED, then got a two year degree in English - which we had to force her to do. It's great that your daughter decided there was something better than same-old same-old.
February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave Dubé
When my daughter despaired of the jockocracy at her high school, we arranged for her to take college classes for high school credit. That worked okay, but perhaps we should have sent her to the alternative school that was only a block from our house.
February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Mark Miller
The alternative school is really a great place. And they're working hard to shed their image as a place for "youth at risk." They do a great job catering to kids that are a little different, but tremendously talented.
February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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